Last updated: Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 10:16:31 AM
Hayward Hurricanes girls and boys cross-country teams powered through a hilly, sometimes muddy course to take first places at their 11-school home invitational on a rainy, windy Oct. 2.
The 5-kilometer course included portions of the Birkie Trail, Hatchery Creek Park trails and a Sawyer County Forest trail.
The Hayward girls placed first in a seven-team field. They compiled 34 points- 19 points ahead of second-place Northwestern. Corrine Malcolm and Jenny Danczyk took first and second respectively in the race with times of 22:18 and 22:35. Molly Burger also placed in the top 10, finishing ninth in 24:13. Other varsity finishers were Danielle Forrest, 17th in 25:32.0; Jenny Cobb, 18th in 25:32.7; Syd Hadley, 19th in 25:33; and Karen Heim, 22nd in 25:39.
“Corrine and Jenny ran a very smart race,” said Coach Mary Johansen. “They passed the Northwestern girls and ran a very consistent, strong race.” They went fast on the downhills early in the race, then worked the uphills in the last half mile. She noted that it was the second win in a row for Malcolm.
Four other varsity girls (Forrest, Cobb, Hadley, Heim) “ran together in a pack,” Johansen added. “They paced each other and finished very strong.”
She added that “It was nice to see us beat Northwestern at a home meet.”
Other varsity finishers were Andy Kreyer, 20th in 20:57; Pat Mullally, 21st in 21:05; Dylan McGarthwaite, 27th in 21:21; and Louis Ostrander, 33rd in 21:58.
“I’m glad we were able to get the races in,” said Coach Matt Ostrander. “Most of the kids enjoy racing in the mud and water. Times were slower because of the conditions. It’s the hilliest course we run by far.”
He was “impressed and amazed” at Brandon Little’s time of 18:12, Ostrander said.
Ashland “provided some very good competition for us in the boys’ race,” Ostrander added. “They’re coming on strong.” Ashland sent several dozen middle school runners to the Hayward event.
The Hayward runners who showed the most improvement from their time trials on the same course were Rex Hankins (2:45 faster), Wyat Brueggemann (2:50 faster) and Zach Allen (2:53 faster).
Varsity runners who showed great improvement were Louis Ostrander (45 seconds faster), Billy French (44 seconds faster), and Billy McKevett (1:30 faster), all on a course that was longer, hillier and muddier than the time trial.
On average, each boy ran 39 seconds faster than in the time trial back in August.
“The kids are generally healthy, and they feel fast and good going into the post-season,” Coach Ostrander added.
Hayward girls captured six of the top seven places in the JV race to outpoint Northwestern, 17 to 43.
Caitlin Flynn finished first in 27:34, Carly Fredrickson second in 27:37, Andrea Mast third in 27:49, Abby Roche fifth in 29:28, Jackie Shonk sixth in 30:03, Janel Yoder ninth in 31:15, Sarah McNeil 12th in 31:42, Nicole Kreyer 13th in 31:42, Brittany Lindblad 17th in 32:02, Rebecca Gregory 18th in 32:44, Chelsea Rusch 19th in 32:56, Jill Braun 20th in 33:22, Nicole Smith 21st in 35:16, Emily Holland 2nd in 36:44, Claire Williamson 24th in 37:30, Beka Less 26th in 38:34, Kari Moe 27th in 38:34 and Ashley Dettloff 29th in 49:04.
Drummond won the JV boys team event with 27 points to 39 for second-place Hayward. Drummond’s Dylan Johnson took first in 22:19. Top finishers for Hayward were Tony Glodoski, third in 22:49; Billy McKevett, fifth in 23:29; Adam Less, sixth in 23:37; Zach Allen, seventh in 23:41; Kyle “Rex” Hankins, 21st in 26;31; Jon Hamblin, 22nd in 26:323; Will Mayberry, 23rd in 26:33; Wyat Brueggeman, 27th in 28:10; and Matt Stoutenberg, 38th in 32:56.
Middle School results
Hayward’s middle school girls took first place in their race, compiling 20 points to defeat Ashland, Ladysmith and Barron. Ashland boys took first place, while Hayward didn’t have runners for a team.
Maddy Duffy took third overall in the girls race in 10:47.2, Katelynn Stincic was fourth in 10:47.9, Katie Burger eighth in 11:29, Meredith Ingbretson 10th in 11:36, Mariah Cooper 11th in 11:42, Alyssa Dettloff 3th in 12:04, Emily Burger 14th in 12:06, Sarah Hadley 15th in 12:13, Marina Midthun 18th in 12:37, Kali Dvorak 22nd in 12:58, Rachel Magowan 42nd in 15:48, and Abbey Williams 44th in 19:43.
In the boys race, James Glodoski finished seventh in 10:19.2, Jake Luedke eighth in 10:19.6, Ryland Sabien 24th in 11:36, and Alex Larson 27th in 11:58.